What Are Veneers?

By February 9, 2016 Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry No Comments

If you’re not quite satisfied with your smile, choosing veneers may be the best cosmetic dentistry solution for you.

What are Veneers?

Credit: Idealdentistry

Credit: Idealdentistry

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed on the front surface of your teeth, covering all of the cosmetic flaws your teeth may have and providing you with a great smile. They can restore perfect shape back to your chipped tooth, can fill gaps and smooth out uneven wows of teeth and improve the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers are bonded directly to the surface of your teeth and when done correctly, no one will be able to tell that you have them.

Types of Veneers

Typically, veneers are thin, strain resistant and strong enough to withstand any wear and tear your teeth go through. They come in different types, each with their own set of pros and cons.

Ceramic: Ceramic Veneers are known for their ability to resist staining and mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. However, they can take more time to create and there’s a possibility of experiencing some sensitivity to extreme temperatures after the procedure.

Porcelain: Porcelain veneers are thinner than ceramic – less of the tooth required to be shaved down and in some cases none at all, contributing to less sensitivity after the procedure. It takes lesser time to apply porcelain veneers when compared with ceramics, but they do require special polishing paste at the time of your routine teeth cleanings.

Resin-based composite: Resin-based composite veneers are created right in dentist’s office during the appointment, with your dentist applying the material to your teeth, sculpting it to the desired shape and using a special light to harden it. The material is then polished until it is smooth and shiny as a part of finishing touch.

Reasons You May Be Recommended Veneers

Veneers are primarily used to enhance cosmetic appearance of your teeth, but they can also help:

  • Whiten stained teeth that do not respond to traditional procedures
  • Repair chipped, broken teeth
  • Fill in large gaps between your teeth
  • Improve the appearance of irregularly shaped or misaligned teeth

What to Expect at the Appointment

Placing Porcelain Veneers

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After a heart-to-heart talk with your dentist about the issues with your teeth and your end goal, the dentist will determine if veneers are a viable option for you. You’ll be informed about the different types of veneers and the recommendation that is based on your needs and situation.

Before applying the veneers, your teeth are cleaned and buffed to create some texture for the veneers to adhere to. The veneers are then placed on your teeth without bonding to check for fit and appearance. You’ll be given enough time to ensure and decide on the chosen veneers, as color discrepancies and fit cannot be changed once the procedure is performed.

Using a combination of chemicals and a cement-like mixture, the veneers are bonded in place. You should be able to use your veneers as you would your natural teeth after the appointment. However, it may take a couple of days sometimes weeks for your mouth to get used to the new shape.

Make sure you keep your follow-up appointment with your dentist.

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